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Invitations to Apply to PGP

to be issued in September 2021

by Michael Scott

For those who have been waiting for the reopening of the Parent Grandparent (PGP) Sponsorship program 2021 there is good news for some and not so good news for others. No, the PGP is not reopening for 2021 to new online expressions of interest. Yes, invitations to apply are being made from the existing 2020 inventory.

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, announced that further invitations to apply would be coming by September 20, 2021. The selection will be made from the existing inventory of expressions of interest that were submitted last year, between October 13, 2020, and November 3, 2020. The PGP is in process of attending to existing inventory. Those who submitted online interest in 2020 and were not selected to apply have a second chance for selections.

IRCC has expanded its processing far beyond the 10,000 potential sponsors randomly selected in January 2021. The minister spoke about the selection of a further 30,000 applicants to be selected by September 2021 from the existing expression of interest pool. If you submitted your expression of interest within the time specified above, you have a chance of being invited.

Those who submitted the online expression of interest need to access the confirmation numbers they received last year. The numbers are still valid and active. You should have received an email from IRCC advising you. You can check this number, especially after the September 2021 closing of invitations to apply, to ensure that you know if you were lucky this time.

It is not just enough just to check your confirmation number, but also to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements to sponsor parents or grandparents under the PGP. You need to meet IRCC’s Minimum Necessary Income Level for 2020, 2019 and 2018 (see the chart below), and continue to meet other eligibility requirements. You should also ensure that your information is up to date and ensure that you are able to meet your sponsorship responsibilities for 20 years.

Minimum Necessary Income level for PGP sponsorship

Family size

2020*

2019

2018

 2017

2 persons

$32,899

$40,007

$40.379

$39,813

3 persons

$40,445

$50,414

$49,641

$48,945

4 persons

$49,106

$61.209

$60,271

$59,426

5 persons

$55,695

$69,423

$68,358

$67,400

6 persons

$62,814

$78,296

$77,095

$76,015

7 persons

$69,925

$87,172

$85,835

$84,631

+ person

$7,121

$8,876

$8,740

$8,616


* Due to the pandemic IRCC will not assess 2020 as usual MNI with 30% addition.

At a press conference in Surrey British Columbia, Mendicino announced the reopening of the Parent Grandparent Sponsorship (PGP) for 2021. This is the announcement many have been waiting for and it is time to compose yourself and take stock of the details of the reopening. Sponsors residing outside Quebec will have to provide copies of their CRA Notice of Assessment(s) for the past three taxation years – 2020, 2019 and 2018. There is no flexibility. If you fail to meet the number based on family size (including the applicant(s) and your family), you do not qualify.

The first thing to do is to ensure that the contact information on your 2020 Expression of Interest is current. Second, ensure that you have access to your registration number and check the current and changing status, up to and beyond the September 2021 selection date.

The announcement about 30,000 more invitations is good news for many potential sponsors who have met with failure repeatedly in the past. It is not over and IRCC is trying to inject some fairness into the selection process and work towards the reunification of families in Canada. It is a novel approach to address the high demand for the PGP programme. Hopefully this approach proves to be successful.

Michael Scott is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R525678) who has 30 years of experience with Immigration Canada and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He currently works as a licensed consultant with Immigration Connexion International Ltd. Contact him at 204-691-1166 or 204-227-0292. E-mail: mscott.ici@gmail.com.

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